An1(na), An2(na), Statistical Physics 1
This course develops the core Physics knowledge that underlies the concept of Energy, its sources, conversion into different forms and transport. It employs these to analyze energy sources/energy extraction technologies.
In particular, the course tackles:
the fundamentals of (and in particular, the theoretical understanding of energy in)
- thermodynamical systems
- fluid mechanics
energy transport (conduction, convection, radiation)
The material is treated in lectures, exercise classes and in case studies done in groups and leading to a report and a presentation.
Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to
State the Thermodynamic laws and apply them to classical thermal cycle problems
Derive and apply Thermodynamic relations to describe gasses
Analyze and characterize fluid flows and work out problems of elementary hydrodynamics
Use dimensional analysis to gain insight into different energy sources and energy conversion systems.
Calculate the energy efficiency of energy conversion stages.
Calculate energy gains from energy sources.
Calculate energy losses due to different transport mechanisms.
Make estimates of resources requirements and impact of different energy extraction technologies.
Evaluate the merit of different energy sources based on quantitative comparisons.
Be able to identify areas of quantifiable improvement in the implementation of at least one energy extraction method.
Work in groups.
Work on a project (case study) unsupervised, to clear goals, plan and deadlines
Identify relevant trade literature and use it selectively
Prepare a report of an analysis
Present the report in class
Create a exam-type question/problem on the topics of the course.
Mode of Instruction
3EC equivalent to 84 hours
Exam (70%); project work (case study, report, and presentation) (30%)